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PEACE NOTES A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF WORD OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH APRIL 2014

HE IS RISEN! EASTER AT WORD OF PEACE


Sermons & Readings April 6 & 7 Guest Preacher, Bishop Ann Svennungsen This week we focus on Jesus in the upper room for the Last Supper and with his anguish in the garden.

21705 129th Ave. N. P.O. Box 306 Rogers, MN 55374 Church Office 763-496-2400

Scripture Reading: John 13:1-16

April 13 & 14: Palm Sunday Pastor Rick Skare, “Who is Jesus: Crucify Him” While Jesus is on trial, Peter denies knowing him. What situa7ons in your life tempt you to deny your faith? Scripture Reading: Mark 14:54, 66-72

April 17: Maundy Thursday Pastor Krista Strum: “Table Grace” We gather around the table of the Last Supper to be fed, to commune with Jesus and others like us needing God’s Grace. We are sent back to our daily lives with the commandment to love one another. Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; Exodus 12:1-4[5-10], 11-14

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On the Web www.wordofpeace.org www.facebook.com/ wordofpeace Office Hours Mon-Thurs 8am-4:30pm Fri 8am-12:30pm Our Vision Statement Our vision is to be a community where everyone knows Christ’s Love and shares Christ’s Love with all people.

Our Mission Statement April 18: Good Friday Holy Week Walk at Noon and 2:00pm Tenebrae (Tradi7onal) Worship at 6:30pm The Passion Experience at 8:00pm

April 19 & 20: Easter Pastor Rick Skare, “Who is Jesus: A Sunday Surprise” This year’s Easter gospel from Luke 24 does not concern itself so much with what Easter is about, but where Easter can be found. Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-35

Christ works through us as we: • Welcome all people to grow in faith, love and devo7on, • Share Christ through word and deed, • Care for others and the world God made, and • Work for jus7ce and peace.

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS Contact Jennie Priebe at 763-496-2401 or jpriebe@woplc.org. May newsle er deadline:

April 27 & 28 Pastor Krista Strum: “Faith in the Midst of Doubt” Fear and doubt are a part of life, but it’s in Christ that we have faith and hope, even in the midst of chaos. Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31, 1 Peter 1:3-9; Acts 2:14a, 22-33

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NEW: Holy Week Walk Good Friday, April 18, Noon and 2:00 pm In addi7on to the many tradi7onal opportuni7es to worship during Holy Week, you are also invited to experience a new kind of worship on Good Friday at noon and 2:00pm. During your Holy Week Walk, you will experience the marketplace of Jerusalem, watch Jesus share a meal with his disciples, and join Jesus as he prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. This worship service is designed for people of all genera7ons to par7cipate in the sights and sounds of Holy Week. Also on Good Friday: Tradi7onal Tenebrae worship at 6:30pm and The Passion Experience at 8:00pm.

Over 100 Word of Peace Leaders Gather for Leadership Summit Over 100 leaders from the ten Ministry Teams, Execu7ve Team, Strategic Planning Team, Mental Health Task Force, and Staff met for the Leadership Summit on March 4. AFer some 7me for “Dwelling in the Word,” the evening focused on an update of the church’s longrange plan and team goal-seGng for 20142015. Ministry Teams also received a brief orienta7on and a Communion blessing. Ministry Team goals will be published in the May Ministry Team NewsleHer. Pastor Rick is Installed as Senior Pastor On April 6 & 7 at all worship services, Bishop Ann Svennungsen of the Minneapolis Area Synod will install Pastor Rick as Senior Pastor of Word of Peace. Bishop Ann will also be our guest preacher as part of the “Who is Jesus?” worship series. The Service of Installa7on is a part of worship where Pastor Rick, with God’s “help and guidance,” formally commits to the responsibili7es and du7es of Senior Pastor. Be a Mentor! Adult mentors are needed for Word of Peace high school youth. Opportuni7es include:

BECOME A MEMBER OF WORD OF PEACE AHend the New Member Orienta7on on Saturday, April 26, 9:00am-12:30pm Recep7on of New Members is May 4 & 5 • • • •

Meet the pastors and key staff Learn what we believe and how we do ministry Enjoy a fellowship meal Iden7fy your giFs and how to use them

Please RSVP: Contact Susen Kay in the Church Office 763-496-2400 | skay@woplc.org - OR Sign up online at wordofpeace.org/membership Membership is not required to par.cipate in the life of Word of Peace. Non members are always welcome to take part in worship, study and fellowship events of this faith community.

Wednesday night gatherings in the youth room from 7-8:30pm—Play games, sing songs, par7cipate in small group discussions, and build rela7onships with youth. Tuesday aFernoon Bible Studies (4-5pm) AHend weekly/bi-monthly; open up your house; plan a special topic. Special events—Chaperones are needed for retreats, lock-ins, service nights, etc.

If this seems like an opportunity you would enjoy, text MENTOR and your name to kgantz@woplc.org or contact Kate at 763-4962430/kgantz@woplc.org. The Word of Peace Music Patron Fund has successfully raised enough money to pay for the Rum River Brass at our Easter worship celebra7ons. We’ve even got a start on funding the Fes7val of Carols worship services on December 21. Thank you to all who contributed financially and in prayer. 3


Word of Peace Annual

Women’s Retreat Friday, April 4 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

FAITH STORIES: Treasures of the Heart

Featuring

Rachel Kurtz Women of All Ages are Welcome! Friday Night: Prayer & fellowship, a simple supper and white elephant giF exchange Saturday: Con7nental breakfast and lunch, 2 sessions and worship/ music led by well-known singer/songwriter and speaker, Rachel Kurtz COST: $30—Sign up at the Informa7on Desk • Dress in your comfy clothes • Bring a white elephant giF (for Fri.) and a treat to share! *No one will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

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Tuesday, April 29 drop off items from 12pm-8pm Wednesday, April 30 drop off items from 12pm-8pm Thursday, May 1 9am-8pm Sale ($2 admission un7l noon) Friday, May 2 9am-12pm Sale

Dona.ons: Please donate gently used furniture, books, adult and kids clothes, toys, tools, etc. Computer equipment, electronics, phones and broken/damaged items will not be accepted.

Ques@ons? Contact JanStolba@yahoo.com

Volunteers: Hundreds of volunteers are needed for 2-hour shiFs. Please contact Karen Running at 763-496-2421 or krunning@woplc.org to volunteer. Confirma7on service hours are available. Shoppers: Bring your friends, neighbors and family to shop! Tell everyone you know about this exci7ng event! A Community-Wide Event to End Hunger 2nd Annual Fundraiser for CROSS Food Shelf Thursday, May 1 2014, 4pm-7pm The Crown Room – Wellstead of Rogers www.crossservices.org You are invited to a soup and bread dinner provided by local restaurants. Area musicians and Rogers school students will provide entertainment. Shop for beau7ful, handcraFed bowls made by local ar7sts, community members and area students. Free Admission $5.00/person suggested dona7on for soup dinner. 100% of all proceeds benefit C.R.O.S.S Food Shelf. Event is sponsored by local area churches, businesses, schools and organiza7ons. Want to get involved? Contact Pastor Rick at 763-496-2400

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Mental Health Book Discussion Monday, April 14, 7:30pm This month’s discussion is about Au7sm and the book, Ten Things Every Child with Au.sm Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm. You do not need to read the book to par7cipate; all are welcome. For more informa7on, contact Cheryl Karst at 763-4413019.


God Can Do Great Things! Word of Peace is experiencing con7nued growth in our children’s, youth and adult ministries, vital worship with our “Who is Jesus” series, and greater outreach through our local and global ministry. Lives are being touched, helped and inspired by God through the ministry and people of Word of Peace.

of 2014, we have been unable to repay that shorVall. We need $45,000 to repay the 2013 shorVall, and an addi7onal $30,000 so we can meet the needs of our congrega7on during the leaner summer months. Therefore, we are asking for $75,000 over and above regular offerings. We need:

As we look to the coming months of 2014, we look forward with excitement, eagerness and expecta7on to: •

Call a new Pastor of Congrega7onal Life & Growth to strengthen our small group ministry and adult educa7on

The celebra7on of Easter with over 3,000 people aHending

150 giFs of $25 125 giFs of $50 100 giFs of $100 75 giFs of $250

15 giFs of $500 8 giFs of $1,000 4 giFs of $2,500 2 giFs of $5,000

These giFs may be given in one amount or in increments over the course of the next few months (by June 30th).

On Sunday and Monday, March 30 & 31, we will celebrate the great things God can do as we place our giFs in • Vaca7on Bible School with over 500 kids in aHendance the offering plate. Special offering envelopes were mailed out and are available at the Informa7on Desk. GiFs for this • And much more! special appeal can be made any7me between now and To keep our ministry strong in 2014, we need your addiJune 30th. Every giF of any amount makes a difference! If 7onal financial support for our General Fund. Word of you prefer to give through Direct Giving, you may do so at Peace closed its books for 2013 with $45,000 in shorVall, wordofpeace.org/give. and because of unexpectedly low offerings in the first part •

Youth camps and Summer Stretch

Stomp Out Hunger 5k Run/Walk for CROSS Saturday, April 26 at Word of Peace All proceeds will go to CROSS Food Shelf

Race begins at 8:30am (8am registra@on) 9:30am Kids Race for ages 5-11

Register by April 7 for a Free T-shirt! T-shirts will be available aFer April 7 while supplies last To Register: • Scan the QR code with your smart phone • Go to www.wordofpeace.org • Sign up at the table in the Gathering Area April 6 & 13 Volunteers Needed on Race Day If you would like to help, please contact lifeandgrowth@wordofpeace.org. Ques@ons? Contact lifeandgrowth@wordofpeace.org

GENERAL NEEDS: Boxed potatoes, toothpaste VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT CROSS: • Produce & Bread Sorters— Volunteer groups (3-10 people) needed one weekend day per month. • Bread Dept.—Wed. and Fri. mornings from 8-9am • Back-Up Drivers to load groceries at local stores. LiFing up to 60 lbs. Oncall, up to 4-5 7mes per year. To volunteer, call Stephanie at CROSS 763-425-1050. 5


Children’s Ministry Sponsor a Bible for a Child at Word of Peace

Vacation Bible School

On April 6 we will kick-off our annual Bible Blast campaign. At Word of Peace we take seriously the promises we make to children at bap7sm. One of those promises is to put a Bible in the hands of every child who enters our door and every adult who does not have one. Please consider dona7ng $18 to sponsor a Bible. Look for our Bible Blast tables in the Gathering Area and outside the educa7on area with dona7on forms.

June 23-27, 2014 9am-Noon For children ages 4 years (as of June 25) through completed 5th grade

Easter Egg Hunt! Palm Sunday, April 13, 2pm Infants through 4th grade kids & parents, you are in-

vited to aHend an aFernoon of Easter ac7vi7es, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt! If you are planning to aHend, please bring one dozen eggs and wrapped candy to the Educa.on office before April 9 to help us spread the joy! $5 for bunny pictures. Ques*ons? Call Megan at 763-496-2423 or Lisa at 763-496-2405.

Registra7on forms will be available outside the Educa7on Office or at wordofpeace.org/vbs. There are more than 200 volunteer opportuni7es available so come spend a week with us! Church School and Confirma@on Registra@on Begins April 27 Registra7on for the 2014/2015 church school and confirma7on year begins on Sunday, April 27 at 8:30am. Registra7on forms will be available at church or online beginning April 27. Registra7on is based on a first come first served basis. All educa7on volunteers have first choice of their preferred church school or confirma7on session.

Family Camp at Luther Crest in Alexandria June 27-29 Word of Peace families, you are invited to aHend this fun and relaxing weekend! Take advantage of beau7ful Lake Carlos with swimming and pontoon rides. Arts and craFs, hiking trails, bible studies, worships, campfires and more! Camp begins at 7pm Friday and ends at noon on Sunday.

LEARN MORE Contact Marcus Eads 763-496-2410 meads@woplc.org 6

LODGING:

Adult Retreat Center: $145/family Cabins: $85/family

MEALS:

$30/person (age 13 or older) $15/person (age 6-12) Free (age 0-5)

SIGN UP:

Outside the Youth Ministry office


Youth Ministry MS = Middle School | HS = High School MS: Bagels & Bibles—Meets two Sundays a month at 9:45am in the Youth room for food, devo7ons and games— Friends are always welcome!

Together we’re living out the meaning of MaHhew 5:16: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” A typiMS: The LoJ at the RAC (Rogers Ac@vi- cal day involves a morning service proty Center): An aJer-school program for ject and an aFernoon fun event. Regismiddle schoolers—On the 1st and 3rd tra7on packets are available on the Thursday of each month, the RAC opens Youth bulle7n board. it’s upper level space for middle schoolers to hang out, play games or just get MS/HS: Plant Sale Youth Fundraiser— caught up on homework. Bring some The deadline for turning in plant sale money for concessions. packets is Monday, April 14. Plant Sale delivery and pick-up is on Friday, May 9 MS/HS: Summer Camp—Registra7on from 4-8pm at Word of Peace. deadline has been extended, but hurry as space is limited! More informa7on is HS: Snow Tubing Makeup Day is on the Youth bulle7n board. Wednesday, April 16 from 6-8pm. If there’s snow we’ll go tubing at Elm MS/HS: Summer Stretch—It’s all about Creek, and if not we’ll swim or rock having fun while doing important work! climb at the Mon7cello Community Cen-

ter. Both require completed parent release forms. Check out the Youth bulle7n board closer to the date for more informa7on. HS: Retreat at Luther Crest Bible Camp on April 11-12 from 5pm Friday-9pm Saturday! Registra7on deadline is April 2. Cost is $70. Please pray for safe travels and for the youth to deepen their rela7onship with God! HS: Mystery Mission Trip: July 20-24— Just for high school students! Along our route we will do service projects, have fun ac7vi7es, eat awesome food, play night games, and more! Cost is $250 and space is limited to 15 high school youth, so sign up and complete a WOPLC Health/Registra7on form as soon as possible!

Marcus Eads (Middle School) 763-496-2410/meads@woplc.org | Kate Gantz (High School) at 763-496-2430/kgantz@woplc.org wordofpeace.org/middle-school | wordofpeace.org/high-school

Seniors Thursday Senior Shop Rogers Bus— Thursdays at 10am, $1.00 per rider. Contact Judy at 763-428-7657. Jammers Potluck & Music—Sunday, 4/6 from 1-5pm (eat at 4pm) at the Dayton Senior Center, 18461 Dayton St. Bring a dish to share. Contact Dave at 763-428-4217. Rogers Senior Dining—Tuesday through Thursday every week at 12:00 noon at the Rogers Community Room. Call at least two days in advance by 2pm for reserva7ons, 763428-0976. Cost: 55+ $4.00. Under 55 $5.00. Celebrate Easter w/an Egg Hunt and Reverse Bingo—4/22 following Senior Dining at the Rogers Community Room. Call ahead to reserve a meal, 763-428-0976.

Health Care Direc@ves presenta@on—Wednesday, April 9, 1-2pm at the Rogers Community Room. Learn more about the importance of assigning an agent, powers of an agent, supplemental documents, MN Health Care Direc7ve Toolkit. Free, sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, call 763-328-0939 w/ ques7ons. The Word of Peace Kids-Care Bus takes seniors shopping at Ridgedale every One-on-One Computer Help at the other month. The next trips will be April Rogers Library: Thursday evenings 8 and June 10. Cost is $1.00 for the from 5:30-8pm. Assistance with navi- round trip. The bus starts picking up at ga7ng websites, seGng up an email 9:30am and returns to Rogers by account, working on documents and 1:30pm. Call Judy to sign up at 763-428using e-readers. Get a 1/2 hour of 7657. help from a knowledgeable volunteer. Call 612-543-6050 to set up an apPlease contact Judy Hanson at 763-428pointment, or sign up at the Rogers 7657 for resource, community or general Library Informa7on Desk. informa.on for seniors in the Rogers area. To subscribe to the Rogers Senior Newsle er, call 763-241-3520. Read the newsle er online at Seniors.CityofRogers.org.

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Non-Profit Org. US Postage PAID ROGERS, MN PERMIT NO. 9

Change Service Requested

WEDNESDAYS March 12 - April 9

SUNDAY April 13

THURSDAY April 17

FRIDAY April 18

SATURDAY April 19

Lenten Suppers Begin at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Worship at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.

Worship at 6:30 p.m.

12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Holy Week Walk

Worship at 5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Tenebrae (Traditional) Worship

SUNDAY April 20

Worship at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Monday Worship at 6:30 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m. The Passion Experience

Easter Breakfast Begins at 7:00 a.m. Worship at 7:30, 9:00, 10:15, and 11:30 a.m.


Peace Notes April 2014